Chest of Pine Drawers #14: Last of the dovetails are done

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-21-2018 03:09 PM 621 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Still need to buy a board for the back of the drawer. Needed to clear off the bench, first..

The shavings are from sizing the front of the drawer. Still needed a couple more “swipes” for the final fit..later
Even cleaned the floor, BEFORE I got started….still had to clean it a few more times. Got moving around just after 2pm in the shop. First, the drawer front needed a groove milled. Benchdog at one end..

A jig to keep the board from sliding around..

Then a screw to tighten things into the dog…

Screw is at an angle, and is inline with the dog. Had to open the leg vise a bit, fence on the Stanley 45 was hitting it at the start..

Groove is a hair under 3/8” deep. 1/4” wide….and a 1/4” from the edge of the bottom of the board….Then, lay out for the dovetail pins…as I do pins first..

And seemed to pick up another “extra” pin? Tails and pins are getting close to the same size. Lowered the board in the vise, and waxed up the saw..

Just an old candle. Saw the lines, chop the waste from both sides…..transfer the lines to the other end. I used a combo square…set it for each spot, transfer that to the other end….keep doing each mark until all are done…
(Later, when marking the tails, I mixed up, and used both ends, the wrong one first, then the correct end…wasn’t any real change)

Repeat for the other end’s pins. Stand the “Pin board” up, and mark out the locations….marking which spots will be waste…..and saw on the waste side of the lines…..Before I chisel…I use a square and a Utility Knife..

Whether with the pins or the tails, I use a Knife Wall….gives the chisel a line to stop at. About three good passes does the trick. Before I could transfer to mark out the tails..I needed to size the two drawer sides, including cutting the ends for square on the Mitre box saw…

As they were a tad wavy on the ends…also made sure they were the same length. The LONG blank had a big knot on each end….HAD. Then both were sized for width, so they don’t bind in the opening..

Jack plane was just about the right size to pare this down… both sides close for width…then ganged them up..

And a couple passes until they matched each other. Then lay out for the tails, saw and chop, again..

The saw and my elbow were getting a work out. Have learned to sit slightly to one side, when chopping things out…some pieces tend to fly straight back out. Had one chisel give up…and ran away….right onto the floor, edge first…we have more. Time for the dry fits? Had one or two pins crumble during the chopping..

A spot of glue, and a few shavings to fill that in…other end turned out a little bit better..

Went to slide this assemble into it’s new home…..front was a hair too wide, yet….back to the bench, a few more passes with the jack plane…then try again..

Sides still need a groove milled. Still needs a back made, and the dados to house it. And saw a drawer bottom to size…...THEN I can glue the last drawer up. Then come back, clean and fill…and install two knobs.

Stay tuned….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-21-2018 06:28 PM

Have the board to make the back of that Might be able to get that drawer glued up later today?

have also picked up a pulley for the “new” motor for the bandsaw…...might get started rebuilding that old bandsaw later…..anyone want a blog about that?

This little blog was also about how I set up to do some of the tasks in building one of these dressers…other people may build a bit differently…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 07-21-2018 06:47 PM

Came out Great!

I like the thru dovetails.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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